By Helen Briggs
BBC News

Artist's impression of the 'forgotten beast'

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Artist’s impression of the ‘forgotten beast’

 

A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until about 35,000 years ago.

via ‘Siberian unicorn’ walked Earth with humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

‘Siberian unicorn’ walked Earth with humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

Evolution, Science, Uncategorized

Almost 100 million years ago, when the South Atlantic Ocean was young, giant reptiles prowled the seas. Scientists have found a trove of these ancient creatures in the African nation of Angola.(Image credit: Madeleine Cook/NPR)

via Scientists Unveil Ancient Sea Monsters Found In Angola — News : NPR

Scientists Unveil Ancient Sea Monsters Found In Angola — News : NPR

Evolution, Fossils, Reptiles, sea creatures, Sea life

BBC News: The first people who populated the Americas

Americas, Evolution, History, Humans

The first people who populated the Americas – http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170328-the-first-people-who-populated-the-americas

What to we really know about the giant prehistoric shark reincarnated by Hollywood?

via The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science) — BBC News – Science & Environment

The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science) — BBC News – Science & Environment

Evolution, Movies, Ocean, Science, sea creatures, Sea life, Seas, Sharks, Uncategorized

How Birds-To-Be Get Oxygen Inside Eggs

Birds, Eggs, Evolution, Science, Uncategorized, Wild Birds

Your body needs oxygen to function — and that was true even before you were born. As you grew inside your mother’s womb, even before you had working lungs, your cells were crying out for oxygen. And your mother kindly answered that call. Oxygen and nutrients from her blood made their way down your umbilical cord, through your belly button, and fueled your body.

Now consider a chick — before it has hatched. It’s cut off from its mother by a hard shell and a couple membranes. There’s no way for the hen to get her still-developing offspring the oxygen it desperately needs; the pre-hatchling is on its own.

So why don’t bird embryos suffocate inside their eggs?

In Skunk Bear’s newest episode, we use the magic of animation to take you inside an egg and explore the delicate system that keeps these little things alive.

 

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Geologists find clues that early humans island-hopped their way into the Americas

Americas, Early Humans, Evolution, Humans, Migration, Uncategorized

How and when did early humans first arrive in the Americas? The answer may lie along the Northern America’s Pacific Coast. Experts believe early humans travelled from Siberia to Alaska across a land bridge. But what happened next has been far more difficult to pinpoint. The conventional story suggests the earliest North American settlers then…

via Geologists find clues that early humans island-hopped their way into the Americas — Quartz

Ancient DNA Study Pokes Holes in Horse Domestication Theory — National Geographic News

Animal domestication, Domestication, Evolution, Horses, Humans, Uncategorized

A long-held theory on how horse domestication and language spread across Asia has been disrupted by a look at our genetic past.

via Ancient DNA Study Pokes Holes in Horse Domestication Theory — National Geographic News

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Dinosaur-Era Bird Found With Shockingly Intact Skull — National Geographic News

Birds, Evolution, Fossils, Science, Uncategorized

The unprecedented Ichthyornis fossil from Kansas offers fresh perspective on bird evolution.

via Dinosaur-Era Bird Found With Shockingly Intact Skull — National Geographic News

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